What to do and see in Kythira, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

July 19, 2017 Ying Subia

Kythira (/kɪˈθiːrə/, /ˈkɪθɪrə/; Greek: Κύθηρα [ˈciθiɾa], also transliterated as Cythera, Kythera and Kithira) is an island in Greece lying opposite the south-eastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. It is traditionally listed as one of the seven main Ionian Islands, although it is distant from the main group. Administratively, it belongs to the Islands regional unit, which is part of the Attica region (although at large distance from Attica itself).
Restaurants in Kythira

1. Παραλια Καλαδι

Down the Road from Agios Minas Church, Kythira, Greece
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Παραλια Καλαδι

Reviewed By Craig W

Not long after I arrived on Kythira I overheard someone say they thought the best Beaches in Greece are on Kythira. That person might be right, and Kaladi is the best of the best! It's my favourite that kept calling be back over several months. My last visit was in November, when still warm enough to swim, but there was no one else on any of Kaladi's three Beaches.
The water is crystal clear and, thanks to the natural rock formations, the water is usually calm even if there is a south or western breeze blowing. The natural rock formations divide the beach into three sections. The first has some rocks that are popular platforms to jump from. The second tends to have fewer families because you need to negotiate some pebbles and rocks that can be slippery. When the tide comes in the pathway nearly disappears - but if you can manage the 200 odd steps down on to the beach, you'll get through here easily. Like the first section, the second is pristine and safe to swim in. At the far end of the second beach is a small cave. To get to the third beach, walk through the cave, and swim about 100 metres. I've only ever seen three other people on this beach. It's well worth the effort. There is sand, silence, and serenity. Take care though, the water is more exposed in this section, and the current near the cavemouths and rocks can be very powerful.
There are about 200 steps from the road down to the beach, there are no toilets, and there are no deck chairs/umbrellas for hire. A canteen operates in the summer months.

2. Venetian Castle

Chora, Kythira 801 00, Greece
Excellent
52%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Venetian Castle

Reviewed By AleaUn - Belgrade, Serbia

It's mostly ruins, but still nice, informative and full of history. The view over the port and hills is breathtaking. Certainly the most impressive thing to see on Kythira. Well, after the watermills/waterfalls. :)

3. Monastery of Myrtidiotissa

Kalokairines, Kythira, Greece
Excellent
86%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 58 reviews

Monastery of Myrtidiotissa

Reviewed By NHadjistephanou - Nicosia, Cyprus

We have visited the beautiful island of Kythera more than ten times the last twenty years. We love its environment, its nature, its people. The first place we visit in each of our trips is the Monastery of Myrtidiotissa. This Monastery is a holy place, everyone has to visit and offer his/her respects to the Holy Virgin, who is considered that protects the whole island. The environment is so beautiful and calm, full of flowers and aromatic myrtles, which fill the atmosphere with their magnificent fragrant. The Church itself is a beautiful building, where you will see the historic icon of Virgin Myrtidiotissa. You will never forget father Petros, the only monk living in the Monastery, who is always kind enough to guide you around the new and old church. His shining eyes betray his kindness and his appearance makes obvious that he is already close to holiness.

4. Milopotamos

Kythira, Greece
Excellent
59%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Milopotamos

Reviewed By AleaUn - Belgrade, Serbia

Milopotamos is very small (so are the other villages on Kythira), with maybe one restaurant and a very small space, but it is still the most interesting part of Kythira, because of the near watermills/waterfalls and cave (as well as the medieval settlement in the village).

5. Water Mills Milopotamos

Milopotamos, Kythira, Greece
Excellent
55%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 178 reviews

Water Mills Milopotamos

Reviewed By AleaUn - Belgrade, Serbia

I will make it simple - do not check whether the winter was rainy and whether there are Waterfalls or not. It doesn't matter, because it is wonderful even without them. Trust me!
The path of the Watermills, leading to the gorge is wonderful! Remnants of Watermills, nature, greenery, birds, gorge, the experience... priceless!
Put your sneakers and follow the signs! You won't regret it!

6. Kalami Beach

Milopotamos, Kythira, Greece
Excellent
90%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

Kalami Beach

Reviewed By koulouki - Athens, Greece

This beach is not for the faint hearted but the challenge of getting there makes it all the more special... and worth it.
Those scared of heights and not in the most fittest of states should arrive by boat - it is a bit of a challenge getting down and back but if you're young and/or fit and take it easy and it's relatively safe. I would not recommend the trek down for children. on a calm day kalami is paradise.

7. Chalkos Beach

Kythira, Greece
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Chalkos Beach

Reviewed By greekcypriot2009 - GREECE&CYPRUS

The best most popular on the island.
Pebbled with crystal clear turquoise waters located on the eastern part of Kythira very close to Palaiopolis.
It is divided in three parts and is quite impressing. If in Kythira, it is a beach you really should not miss.

8. Melidoni Beach

Kythira Town, Kythira 80100, Greece
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Melidoni Beach

Reviewed By Vageek

Let's get some things straight right off the bat: this is, hands down, the best beach in Kithira - from a landscape perspective. Crystal-clear waters, great sand.
What's super-bad though, is the fact that an ignorant couple somehow landed the management of the beach, and this is bad. Their knowledge on how to secure a good customer experience is abysmal, and so they try with cheap tricks (e.g. an offering of a minuscule piece of bread, or cleaning the sunbeds with Dettol before you sit) to compensate, always with the opposite effect.
Service is incredibly slow (as they try to maximize profit by having only a poor teenager walking up and down, trying to serve 50+ umbrellas).
This is a clear example in why people should stick with what they know (being a museum curator for instance) and leave customer experience to people who actually want and can do it.
Avoid, unfortunately.

9. Archaeological Museum of Kythira

Chora, Kythira 801 00, Greece +30 2736 031739
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Archaeological Museum of Kythira

Reviewed By AleaUn - Belgrade, Serbia

The museum is located at the very entrance to Chora. It has a genormous parking near. It is very small, but very informative, with interactive tools and everything in English too (also renovated), which will inform you in detail about the history of Kythira.

10. Palaiochora Castle

Kythira, Greece
Excellent
60%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Palaiochora Castle

Reviewed By Clive3417 - cork

Small warren of streets in the castle is so different from the imposing edifice looking out to the near-distant sea. Try and walk around it on the M1 hiking route to appreciate the walls

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